Sunday, September 17, 2006

Living on hope

It's hard for most people to come to terms with impending death; and fighting it is a natural instinct. Friends and relatives, out of the goodness of their heart, will suggest the names of healers; miracle workers; alternative medicine institutes; and gene therapy centers, in order to try to "fix" the problem - even though often there's little which can be done.
How far should one pursue these leads ? While hope can be helpful, false hope can be cruel - and can actually hinder the process of acceptance. Is it better to come to terms with reality, so that we can all achieve emotional closure ? It's amazingly hard to get sound advise , and doctors are often the worst sources of information, because of their fear of death; and their inbuilt biases towards "giving-up".
When should one fight ? how hard ? against what ? to what end ? and why ?

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